On the occasion of EPIC's 15th anniversary, EPIC awarded the 2009 Champion of Freedom Awards to Congressman Edward Markey, Supreme Court litigator Paul M. Smith and Hollywood director and producer D.J. Caruso. Slate Supreme Court correspondent Dahlia Lithwick emceed the event. Congressman Markey is a leading champion of privacy protections for all Americans. Paul Smith, a partner with Jenner & Block, has argued groundbreaking cases in the Supreme Court, defending privacy, freedom of expression, and voting rights. D.J. Caruso is the director of the hit movie Eagle Eye, about identification, automation, and surveillance in Washington D.C. Calling the award "an incredible honor", Caruso thanked the people at EPIC who "dedicate their lives to educating Americans and preserving our right to privacy."